As most of us all well know last night Senate voted 219 - 212 in favor of health care reform. The bill is 2270 pgs long or some gargantuan there amount so luckily someone pays people to go through the nitty gritty and get the details.. I'll post a link to the details HERE but in this post I'd just like you to listen to his speech. Partake! :)
Diary of an Alpha Man: A telling blog/ journal from direct contact with the tragedy in Haiti. Well Done. Shout out to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
I must say during Tragedies it is ever so easy to watch from television and say" damn that sucks" but regardless of anything to buy a ticket and fly into the storm takes courage and dedication. This event has gone down in history yet there coverage is fading everyday. This is our world you guys.
THE BOYS CHOIR OF HARLEM HAS DIED! I read these words on Nytimes.com today and the collectivist in me cried a bit. How could we/I let something like this die? Something so good for our community? An organization who's stewards and gatekeepers were fellows to ourselves. I'm sad. I'm so terribly sad. The Boys Choir of Harlem is no more.
Usually we have photographs up on Wednesdays because, of course, it is photography wednesdays here at 5pt mag. However, its Veterans Day and I wanted to post this. Its called Operation Black and its an animated retelling of something that happened to a particular soldier in the Iraq War. The author is Colby Buzzell and he was a U.S Army Specialist in the war. Seeing it from a soldiers perspective is the only way to see it I think. Partake! And celebrate our soldiers if you can whereever they may be.
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Vid via: Youtube
Its fully been a year since we elected Barack Obama as our Commander in Chief and he hasn't come out gun's blazing like I thought he would. HAS done several things that often go unnoticed in these turbulent times. One of those things is diplomacy and as this Time Magazine photo story suggest he's had to do alot of it. Love him or Hate him I think he's doing a commendable job. Partake
Pics via: Time Magazine
Pictures taken by AP
* All insets written by Mark Halperin. Article by Mark Halperin
Breaking The Stereotype: Bystanders Just Watch Little Girl Get Abducted! (Actor Was About To Get His Butt Whooped By Young Minorities)
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As our world becomes more technologically advanced we humans become more and more connected. With IM I can talk to anyone anywhere in the world at any time. The internet, cellular networks and advancements in computer technology allow me to gather information from libraries in Moscow and South Africa. With this interconnectedness must come the major realization of our time. That we are all connected. All of us, our actions as a society affect other societies all over the world. In this case the explosive desire in the West for drugs like Heroine have turned whole societies upside down as traffickers choose new countries to ship their drugs through. The methods however are the same. Violence, despair and fear. If you think it can't happen in our backyards your mistaken. If you think it has nothing to do with us your also mistaken. Marco Vernaschi is a photographer from Turin Italy currently residing in Buenos Aires. His lense has captured the heartbreak in a small West African country, Guinea- Bissau, where certain terrorist networks get funded by the drug trade. The introduction of crack cocaine to the region is extremely new, unregulated and crack addicts have turned to prostitution to feed themselves and their habits. The entire country is at the behest of drug smugglers and cartels who control the government creating a way station for drugs coming into and out of Western Africa. As a result HiV/AIDS has run rampant throughout the region. Here's his story told in pictures. For his courage and brilliant photography he has won the Lens Cultures International Exposures Awards grand prize. But since pictures speak so much louder than words.....
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"Besides the violence and corruption, drug trafficking also brought marginalization among locals. Crack addiction, a consequence of the drug trade, increased prostitution and caused an unseen wave of HIV and AIDS in the capital, Bissau." - Marco Vernaschi
Pics & story via: Lens Culture
Please visit Marcos website: here
If your anything like me, you were somewhere rocking out and missed Obama's speech. So since we're celebrating Chi-Town let us take a moment to listen to the speech, be inspired and realize why most of us voted for him in the first place.
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